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Nokia And Raikkonen To Make It Two Finns At Renault?

Kimi Raikkonen and the Nokia Phone Company are being touted by the Renault F1 Team as they look for a new driver and title sponsor.

Word from Crash.net suggests that Kimi Raikkonen has already been offered a 45million Euro multi-year contract by the French auto manufacturer based in Enstone, UK.  He has a contract with Ferrari for 2010, but it is highly likely Fernando Alonso is to be unveiled as the Scuderia’s new driver for 2010 at the Italian Grand Prix in a week or so time.  Raikkonen will be left seatless, if Ferrari stick with Felipe Massa as expected.

Renault are also looking for a title sponsor to replace ING who are pulling out of Formula One altogether at the end of the season.  One candidate being lined up is the Nokia telecommunications company, which with Raikkonen could be very interested in a title sponsorship deal.  It may lead to the cars returning to a Blue/White/Yellow scheme of colour, after this seasons frankly garish red/yellow/orange scheme.

Nokia previously sponsored the Tyrrell team in the early 1990’s with Finnish driver Mika Salo.

Ukyo Katayama in the 1995 Tyrrell with Nokia sponsorship clearly visible

Ukyo Katayama in the 1995 Tyrrell with Nokia sponsorship clearly visible

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